NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD a quick tour around my craft room studio, here are some details that might help you come up with ideas of your own. You don’t have to go into debt organizing. The goal is to organize, after all. Let your supplies do the decorating, and recycle when you can. When you have the money is the time to do the matchy-matchy thing (which I so want to do!).
First is my scissors collection. I have a slew of scissors, and I keep them handy beside my sewing machine and work table by using a basket made to hold mail. It’s attached by velcro to the edge of a set of shelves, and the scissors are ready at hand when I need them.
Next is my collections of paintbrushes, colored pencils, markers, and pens and pencils. The brushes are in a frozen orange juice container, because I liked the picture on it. The colored pencils are in a wire cup made to hold toothbrushes, the markers are in a glass mason mug, and the pencils and pens are in an old coffee cup. It all works and is an interesting mix of textures and colors.
While talking about textures and colors, here are a couple of shots of my inspiration board. The owl is a pillow case I designed and had printed at Spoonflower.com. Underneath you can see part of some of the fabrics I’ve designed and printed there. If you haven’t been to Spoonflower and you’re a creative (which you obviously are if you’re reading this blog), then you’re missing the boat. Go over there! (You can wait until you finish reading this post, though.)
Next is part of my yarn collection. I’ve just used cans and containers that had tops on them, which I poked a hole in and pulled the yarn through so it feeds untangled and the ball of yarn doesn’t roll away. The containers are covered with scrapbook paper for a better look. (Someday I’ll make them coordinate, too!) Easy peasy!
Last today is my string. I use string for a variety of purposes, from tying the neck on my dolls to stringing my fabric design swatches to make banners (more on that in the next post). The spools are lined up on a shelf where I can easily see them as well as grab them when needed. Another super simple organization task. Remember, it’s all in the details!